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Reliance Communications signs binding pact with Brookfield for $1.6 billion tower stake sale

Indian telecommunications carrier Reliance Communications Ltd said on Wednesday it had signed a binding pact with Canada’s Brookfield Infrastructure for selling a stake in its mobile phone tower business.

business Updated: Dec 21, 2016 17:07 IST
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A worker cleans a mobile store of Reliance Communications Ltd, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, in Kolkata.(Reuters)

Indian telecommunications carrier Reliance Communications Ltd said on Wednesday it had signed a binding pact with Canada’s Brookfield Infrastructure for selling a stake in its mobile phone tower business.

The two sides had signed a non-binding pact in October.

Under the terms of the deal, Reliance Communications is to receive an upfront payment of 110 billion rupees ($1.6 billion), which it has said will use to cut its debt load.

Shares of Reliance Communications jumped more than 8 percent after the announcement.

($1 = 67.8525 Indian rupees)

First Published: Dec 21, 2016 17:07 IST